Thursday News Links

Lower East Side teen Shaquana Gardner earned an invite to President Obama's keynote address before the NAACP Convention. Read her inspirational essay, part of a scholarship application for the Henry Street Settlement, in the Daily News.

Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez shares her thoughts on the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings. 

Mayor Bloomberg's school control bill remains stalled in the dysfunctional Senate. 

Jack White's new band, Dead Weather, will perform  at a temporary record store he's opened at 131 Chrystie Street. To see the band perform you must be among the first 100 fans to
show up at the record store today. The "concert" happens at noon.